Military Lawyers Say U.S. Rules Hamper the Defense in Terror Cases


According to the Boston Globe, despite the Bush administration’s pledge to devise equitable rules for conducting military trials of suspected terrorists, military defense attorneys say the administration has limited their input on their key request: that detainees have the right to see the evidence against them.

On Aug. 2, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told lawmakers that his agency had conducted numerous negotiations with military defense lawyers from the Judge Advocate General Corps and that their comments would be reflected in rules submitted to Congress later this year. But the Globe reports that the issue of secret evidence was only raised in one of those discussions — and that session ended in an impasse.


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